Around the Farm: April 6, 2013
Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County Captains): 2-for-4, 1 K.
Paulino was one of two Captains to record two base hits on Saturday as the Tribe’s top hitting prospect notched two singles. You can go up and down the entire Indians’ farm system and chances are that you won’t find a more exciting player to follow this season than Paulino. Paulino has now gone 3-for-12 this season, and Saturday was obviously the first of what will be many multi-hit games in 2013. The young right-handed hitter just turned 18 years old in November, so keep in mind that he’s still very young for the Midwest League. Now, with that in mind, imagine if he continues to hit this year as he did last season with the AZL Indians and Scrappers. Paulino could then conceivably rapidly move through the system. It certainly will be one of the more intriguing storylines to follow this season.
Jacob Lee (SP, Carolina Mudcats): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K.
Lee was impressive last season at Single-A Mahoning Valley as he went 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 games, Saturday’s start was Lee’s first of the season, and it was hopefully a sign of more positive things to come. The strikeout pitch was definitely working for Lee as right-hander recorded seven strikeouts in his six innings of work. He will have the chance this season to prove that last season’s hot start was more than good luck, and Lee seems to be off to a good start so far.
- Matt Carson (RF, Columbus Clippers): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K. Carson had a very impressive Spring Training, and hopefully he manages to have that translate into an impressive start to the 2013 season. Saturday was certainly a start for Carson.
- Jeremy Hermida (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B. Hermida has had an excellent start to the season and has now gone 5-for-12 in three games.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP, Columbus): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Matsuzaka was impressive in his first Triple-A outing on Saturday. If he continues to perform, he could find himself among the first players promoted to Cleveland should a need arrive.
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP. Langwell pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief on Saturday. The right-hander continues to impress each season and one has to believe he has a legitimate chance of making the Indians’ roster sometime this season.
- Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 K. The 20-year-old Martinez notched his first multi-hit game of the season on Saturday. He impressed last season in Arizona where he compiled a .347/.393/.563 line in 46 games. This season should be telling in determining the switch-hitter’s prospect standing.
- Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 K. Rodriguez has now hit in three straight games to start the season. This is his second go-around with Lake County, so he will ideally have a chance to move to High-A Carolina before too long provided he continues to hit at a decent clip.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K. The young, hulking first baseman unfortunately is still without his first base hit in this young season. He does, however, have three walks in three games, which is always a nice sign.
- Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): (L, (0-1), 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. This was about as poor of a season debut as one could imagine. After a solid debut last season with the AZL Indians, there has been plenty of intrigue surrounding the Indians’ 2012 second round pick. It’s only one start, and Brown is still only 18 years old, but there really are no positive takeaways from this outing.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron Aeros): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. The Aeros may still be winless so far, but it has to be considered a positive that Aguilar launched his first home run of the 2013 season on Saturday. Let’s hope that this was the first of many this year.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron): 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB. Chen is in somewhat of an odd position as he was moved to first base last season, but he has now lost the Akron starting first base job to Aguilar. For Chen to ever potentially break through to the Major Leagues, he’ll have to hit at a great rate and also consistently get on base. He did a good job of both on Saturday as he recorded his first hit of the season and also drew two walks.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 1-for-4. Ramirez has now hit in every game that he’s played this season. He’s still yet to hit that elusive first extra-base hit, but there’s always tomorrow. Chances are that he ropes at least a double during the Aeros’ next game.
- Matt Packer (SP, Akron): (L, 0-1), 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R/4 ER, 1 K. This was a poor showing from the left-hander. Packer has essentially been relegated to organizational depth at this point, and it will likely stay that way if he continues to have poor performances like this one.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina Mudcats): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB. It’s hard not to love this performance from Sabourin. As an undrafted player, Sabourin is hardly considered a prospect, but that can certainly change provided he continues to hit.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 BB. 2 K. This was a down performance from Naquin, but there’s no reason he cannot be an effective player. He collected a hit and is now hitting .429 this spring.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 1-for-3. Lindor had now hit in two straight games to start the season. This is a trend that will likely continue as the season rolls on.
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